Following the death of Smith, Hoe took over the company
and changed its name to R. Hoe & Company in 1822.
He continued to manufacture printing presses and along
with his sons made numerous improvements upon existing
machinery. In 1827, Hoe bought and improved Samuel
Rust’s patent for a wrought iron framed press and began
manufacturing it as the “Washington” press.
After his death in
1833, his sons Richard and Robert overtook daily operation of
the company and are credited with introducing various
improvements and obtaining patents for these innovations.
Consequently, R. Hoe & Company firmly established its products
as superior to those of European design. Notable advances
made by R. Hoe & Company included a mechanical sheet delivery
system for fast cylinder presses, the rotary printing press, and
the first type revolving presses. The work of R. Hoe &
Company helped facilitate the rapid and cheap production of
Factory View - c. 1848.
In 1886, after the
deaths of his father and his uncle, Robert Hoe III assumed
control of the company. In the years following, he became
better known for book collecting than for manufacturing.
After his death in 1909, his son, Robert Hoe IV gained control
but resigned by 1924. In that year the company was
incorporated and a board of directors was announced.
R. Hoe & Co.
New York, USA.
Robert Kelly was named
president and the Hoe family no longer ran the company. During
World War II, the company began to manufacture parts for
weapons. After the war, however, the price of Hoe stock
dropped and by 1969 the company was forced to claim bankruptcy.
Throughout the 1970s, the Hoe factory was dismantled while the
board focused on revitalizing the saw-making aspect of the
In 1984, Pacific Saw
and Knife Company purchased R. Hoe & Company and formed
Pacific/Hoe Saw and Knife Company. It is still in
Pacific Saw & Knife
Company began as a small saw repair and distribution business in
Portland, Oregon in the late 1940's. One of the first
companies to experiment with carbide on the periphery of
circular saw blades, Pacific Saw & Knife Company prospered and
grew to have manufacturing plants in both Portland, Oregon and
Decatur, Georgia, as well as branch operations throughout the
country and in Canada.
Always eager to
explore innovative ideas and technologies, Pacific Saw & Knife
Company has a string of "Firsts" in its long history: First
carbide saw production, First patented accu-ground tipping,
First licensee of strob saws and First to introduce the strob
saw to the world. First production laser and more recently, the
First (patent pending) full face contact spline arbor.
Pacific/Hoe Saw & Knife Company continues its long tradition of
innovation and excellence in manufacture to provide its
customers with the finest saws, knives and paper mill blades
Pacific/Hoe Saw & Knife Company
was sold to Simonds International.